WOW!!! Junior League San Antonio has raised the bar! We had a blast last night at the opening shopping event for Holiday Olé 2013. Search Twitter, Instagram and facebook for #holidayole2013 and #SABloggersDoOle to see more pictures from our shopping extravaganza. I narrowed down the 100+ images that SA Bloggers captured to tell you about some of my favorite things from the event.
New, this year, is that strollers are welcome ALL DAY EVERY DAY! (Can I get a collective THANKYA! from all the Mommas out there?) That’s not to say that sneaking away for a few hours of uninterrupted shopping time isn’t still a brilliant idea – but if your options are go with the little or don’t go at all – this totally answeres that for you!
Strollers are welcome because of the new giant space JLSA took over at the Freeman Expo Hall. It’s on the same property as the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum. (Don’t turn into the AT&T Center’s parking lot! The Expo Center has it’s own parking lot. Look for the red “Shop Ole” sign and once you’re headed down the driveway, the parking is on the right!)
See those wide aisles? Perfect for strollers. And lots of bags!
Last night’s pre-shopping event was made even more fun by the awesome group of Bloggers I wondered with!
L to R – Lisa, Sarah, Faith, Christina, Me and Michelle is behind the camera! We’re missing a few from the group.
Nothing Bundt Cake was there with bundt-cakes-in-a-cup and the champagne and other cocktails were a fund way to kick off our shopping adventures.
And now for the shopping:
These were so so cool! I have no where to put one but I love ’em!
Inga was trying to get into the Thanksgiving spirit.
Faith found these hilarious slap-bracelets. Totally takes me back to 5th grade.
Too much cuteness to handle. Would you believe that I left with groceries but not a single outfit for Petite? I may make a trip back just to remedy that!
We snacked and sampled our way through the vendors – these jellies and jams (and pasta and so much other amazingness) are at the Shayne Sauce Food booth (spots 124, 125 and 126) towards the back. Best part? They’ll hold your purchase so you don’t have to lug it around while you shop!
This is my, hands down, favorite place to buy wrapping supplies. The paper and tulle are fabulous quality and they always have the cutest and trendiest prints and colors. Under Wraps is on the far back wall from the entrance (spots 193, 194 and 195) and they only take cash or check! So come prepared!
I just love these ornaments. LOVE. I should probably just buy one. But I keep hoping I’ll get one for a gift. (That was my hint, y’all.)
Several boutiques were offering on-the-spot monogramming or personalization’s. Stitches and Such (spots 161 and 190) had the greatest selection of friend/aunt/niece gifts – you know the things I’m talking about! The cute things that you just want to buy for someone? THAT kind of stuff!
More amazing food and samples. Cherchies (spot 80) Dill Dip has been a staple in my house for as long as I can remember. Football game Saturdays and for special treats during the summer with a just opened bag of Lay’s Classic Potato chips… is your mouth watering yet?
Sunshine Cottage (spot TT8) has a precious booth set up to sell their holiday and Christmas cards designed by the kiddos at Sunshine Cottage!
Bless Your Heart Boutique (spot 67-70) is one of my local favorites and it was fun to see all the new stuff they had this year! Sarah and I drooled over this tee and shopping bag. Love our great state!
There was a plethora of beautiful jewelry – from trendy to classic and dainty to bold.
Another local favorite of mine set up shop – The Sassy Chic & Hubba Hubba Boutique (spots 173 and 174). Her handmade dresses and hair flair are some of my favorites to buy for Petite. They are the kinds of dresses you’d make for your little if you sewed. Or had time to sew. Or even knew where your sewing machine was in the garage (guilty.). I stocked up at King WIlliam Fair this spring and couldn’t justify buying Petite another dress – but oh, how I wanted to! (P.S. Universe? I’d love to shoot for her. Just sayin’.)
More CUUUUUUUTE little girls’ clothes.
Emily Gail Collections (spots 129 and 156) is a new-to-me vendor from Dallas. See that rhinestone bow on the pink headband. You better believe that the black version came home with me! I had a “gasp moment” (you know – when you see something so fabulous it make you gasp? PLease tell me that Jojo and I are not the ONLY ones who do that!) when we rounded the corner and saw this booth. Then I put it on and wore it out. Love finding fun accessories!
I wish I had more wall space. Really. I do.
Y’all – Forget ANY OTHER margarita mix you’ve ever purchased. FORGET IT. These just replaces them. Please be sure to stop by slimRITAS (spot 102) and try her fabulous product. Tell her that the girls from the SA Blogger’s group say hi. We converged on her like a hoard of grackles. She took it like a champ and served us up one of the best margaritas I’ve seriously ever had!
Another one of my local favorites – Lucky Thread (spots 64 and 73) had lots of new merchandise and old classics out. They have GREAT teacher and friend gifts and are really reasonably priced. If you miss them at Ole – their store at The Vineyard is just as cute as their set up here.
Let us bring them Chevron and Joy. Thank goodness it’s still “in”. My heart will break when we’re done with chevron. (Kidding. Kind of.)
Children’s Hospital has these fabulous reusable bags for just a $3 donation! On my way home I totally regretted NOT donating to buy an armful of them to use as gift bags for the holiday season. Brilliant, right? (You can have my idea. I won’t be mad.)
I mean. C’mon. You know you want this. (And sorry, I don’t remember where this one is.)
There are lots of special events going on this week in addition to the regular shopping hours! Be sure to check the website and see if there is one that is a good fit for you and your family or friends!
I gave away two tickets to Olé earlier this week …